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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 9, 2007 1:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mighty, Mighty Zep

My first album (as I indicated earlier, I was only 8 years old, so I got my Mom to buy it for me and must have caught her in a particularly generous mood): II.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 9, 2007 3:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mighty, Mighty Zep

Just so we have something to fight over (!?), the ONLY one I will listen to is the first one...For kids in the east Bay Area in the early 70s, they were the band to hate (I am not really sure why, but part of it was they moved on from the 60s and did well, and though Pink did as well, they had changed [ie, Syd removal], and Zep didn't do anything overt...but, they just didn't seem as primal as that first album...).

My first album was...

The Grateful Dead.

You should remove yourself from this forum for admitting your transgression.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 10, 2007 3:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mighty, Mighty Zep

Will ... just to clarify, Phys. Graf. was my first _cassette_ purchase (bought about a year after the band's demise), by no means my first musical purchase, which was the release (on vinyl) of Rocket To Russia by the Ramones; vinyl had always been my preferred source until i got quite weary of traveling further and further and paying more and more for releases on vinyl, at least as far as LPs; i did still purchase 7" releases up until around 1998/99; my first GD purchase wasn't until i am thinking '83ish, Workingman's Dead (on cassette), followed very, very quickly by almost everything else (on vinyl) up to Dead Set, skipping Skull & Roses, Europe '72 (i know, i know), Bear's Choice, Steal Your Face and Go To Heaven.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Sep 9, 2007 4:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mighty, Mighty Zepp

my 1st album was ˝their satanic majesties request˝
2nd ˝are you experienced˝

1st seen zepp @ alexandra palace, london, 71 and was blown away, like forever. i highly praise 1st 4 albums, runes being my fav. their later work doesn´t seem to match that power and transcedental energy, but i like them still, separate or together



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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 9, 2007 7:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mighty, Mighty Zepp

The first song I played on a jukebox was Purple Haze, but that was because my brother told me it was bitchin'. The first jukebox song I ever picked out on my own was Honky Tonk Women.

Strange what we can remember, and yet I always seem to have trouble getting my car insurance paid.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 9, 2007 5:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mighty, Mighty Zep

The first album I ever bought after hearing/seeing The Grateful Dead for the first time was Wake of the Flood, one that was in the cutout bin on 10/11/76, the day after Day On The Green #2 (which has been the topic of a few discussions of late), so does that redeem me? Left up to my Mom, maybe she would have suggested the Dead herself. I doubt it, but I never asked her, either, so who knows?

Personally I'm open to any and all Zep, from their debut to In Through The Out Door. Never been a big fan of Coda, but I like the rest of them.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 9, 2007 5:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mighty, Mighty Zep

To be honest, B, there were some that liked Zep thru the 70s (though I never saw the attraction of "Stairway," etc.,) but saw that first album as absolute inspiration.

If you are, as I take you to be, a fan, do you have a more negative view of, EG, "Good times, bad times"? I ask because I always thought that was THE song of theirs, but whenever I encounter 'true zep fans' (?) they seem to not think of that so highly...

Just curious.

Wake, of course, ain't a bad choice for a first...I got mine in 67, entirely a result of my brothers...so, I can't stand too high and mighty...

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 9, 2007 6:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mighty, Mighty Zep

Good Times, Bad Times has always been a good time as far as I'm concerned and was unaware that any Zeppelin purists were in the habit of snubbing it. Shows how much I missed when I became a Dead Head instead of a Led Head.

I started liking a lot of their songs more and more as I got older, especially after my appreciation for blues began kicking into high gear, including Since I've Been Loving You, When The Levee Breaks, The Lemon Song, and from the first album, I Can't Quit You Baby, You Shook Me, and How Many More Times. Dazed & Confused, it seems, has always been much more of a favorite among many listeners other than me---I like it a lot, but the other songs I listed really get me going more than that one. Communication Breakown, on the other hand, doesn't do much for me and never has. What else is on that first one? Babe I'm Gonna Leave You-no problem with that; Your Time Is Gonna Come-showed some potential, maybe that their time as songwriters was gonna come, although another reply in this thread indicated something to the effect that Page and Plant took even more undeserved credit for songwriting than I ever realized.

When all's said, they were my first "favorite" band. My cousin who is about 10 years older than I played Sgt. Pepper for us when it was first released, and I loved it as I had the earlier Beatles stuff that wafted through the walls from my sister's room into mine and my brother's. And he and the kid next door were big Creedence Clearwater Revival advocates. But when I started hearing Whole Lotta Love, that was the one that I wanted.

Stuck with them pretty solid, through the days of Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, and Elton John. I remember the first time I heard Stairway to Heaven quite clearly and to this day will still turn up the radio when it comes on. I even had tickets to see them. It would have been my first concert, but the long and short of it is that the tour was cancelled. A few months later, I learned that another one of my favorite bands from when I was still a little kid was playing a couple of concerts in Oakland, so I got tickets to see The Who. Bill Graham had booked them as half of a double bill specifically featuring the two bands he felt were the very best in rock and roll, and knowing that, I was, admittedly, curious about what The Grateful Dead would do.

I became a hook-line-and-sinker Dead nut pretty much immediately, and pushed my Led Zeppelin records aside for many years. I never completely forgot how good their music could make me feel, though, and my renewed interest that started about 10 years ago has gotten me back in touch with many great songs and many powerful pieces of music.

Now somebody please grab the nearest copy of IV and crank it up to 11 because I need a Four Sticks fix!

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